Prosecutors: Smallwood’s extradition slated for Thursday

Wendell Smallwood enjoyed a promising freshman season in 2013, but his future at West Virginia is murky as he waits extradition to Delaware for charges of witness intimidation in a first-degree murder case.

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood is scheduled for extradition to Delaware on Thursday where he faces charges of witness intimidation involving a 2012 homicide.

The 20-year-old sophomore has been jailed since Monday when members of the Delaware attorney general’s office and Wilmington police interviewed Smallwood in Morgantown and arrested him as a fugitive from justice.

He faces a felony charge of witness tampering after allegedly calling a murder witness during March and May of 2013 and asking the witness to make false statements to Wilmington police regarding the shooting death of Wilmington resident Manuel Oliveras, 51, in April 2012.

Smallwood had enrolled at West Virginia in January 2013, the same month police say his hometown friend Zakee Lloyd was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Oliveras.

The Monongalia County prosecutor’s office told MetroNews that Delaware law enforcement officials intend to collect Smallwood on Thursday.

Smallwood’s season, and indeed his career at WVU, are in peril. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder was viewed as the Mountaineers’ most versatile running back with a skills set comparable to NFL third-round pick Charles Sims.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who heads to Dallas for Big 12 media days next Tuesday, hasn’t announced any disciplinary action regarding Smallwood. Holgorsen’s only response in the three days since the arrest was to say he is monitoring Smallwood’s situation and will act at the appropriate time.





More WVU Sports

Sports
Sherman scores 27, West Virginia coasts by Radford, 67-51
The Mountaineers forced 20 turnovers and beat first-year Highlanders' head coach Darris Nichols in his return to the Coliseum.
December 4, 2021 - 8:26 pm
Sports
Historic season ends for WVU men's soccer in shootout at Georgetown
December 4, 2021 - 5:15 pm
Sports
Mountaineers welcome Radford in Darris Nichols' return to Coliseum
West Virginia seeks its fourth straight victory against first-year Highlanders' head coach who was an accomplished point guard during his playing days in Morgantown.
December 3, 2021 - 5:48 pm
Sports
The Game Within The Game - Episode 102
Brad Howe and Julian Edlow of DraftKings offer up best bets across four different sports.
December 2, 2021 - 4:06 pm


Your Comments